Friday, February 14, 2014

Will at one month







At his two week check up, Will weighed 8-11, up two ounces from his birth weight.  He quickly outgrew his newborn size clothes in length; he seems so long to me.

He is a good baby.  Thank goodness.  He rarely cries--usually just when he is hungry, but if he is crying when it's not time to eat, you just have to pick him up.  He loves snuggling.  The best thing is that he sleeps at night.  He wakes up to eat and goes right back to sleep.

I am grateful for those moments to stop and feed him--it's nice to force yourself to sit down.  I love those quiet moments with him.

Overall, I am trying to soak up this time.  The newborn stage is over so quickly, and I'm trying hard to enjoy it while it lasts.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Will's newborn photos

Other than the doctor's office, the only public place Will went for the first month was to get pictures taken.  You can see where my priorities are.  But you only get one chance to take newborn photos.  Here are a few of my favorites from our photo shoot at Camera Shy.











Wednesday, February 5, 2014

January = Baby loving

Where has the last month gone?  Will is one month old today, and while I did take pictures, I haven't uploaded them yet.  I will get those up soon.

We haven't done much, which is what should happen the first month with a baby.  I have liked having this quiet time at home.  Okay, that's laughable, there is nothing quiet about our house.  But it has been nice to be at home.  Will has ventured out to the doctor's office twice, to get pictures, to my parent's house, and once to church.  But the rest of our time has been spent loving this baby.

I have to do a shout out to how much help I've had.  People from church have brought dinners and treats and watched the bigger boys.  My sisters have helped.  But the award for most amazing parents is going to my mom and dad.  Dan went back to Houston January 10.  He was only able to stay for one week, and now we are in the middle of a 5 week stretch without him.  There is no way I could function without my parents.  Tonight is the first night I am actually cooking dinner, my parents have fed us that often.  They have taken turns coming to my house in the morning to make sure the kids get off to school, and are here most evenings to help with bedtime.  My dad has even been the one to take the twins to speech for the last three weeks!  I just couldn't have done this without their help.

Here are a few pictures from this last month.








Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Introducing




William Henry S.
1-4-14 8:00 am
8 lbs. 9 oz. 21 1/2 inches long

There isn't much "story" to tell.  I had contractions almost my whole pregnancy; from 25 weeks on I would have 5-10 a day, so I was convinced I would go into labor on my own.  But nope.  We scheduled my c-section for 39 weeks, and I showed up at the hospital nice and early on the morning of the fourth. He was here 2 hours later.  I made sure the doctor knew to show the baby to me as soon as possible (with Tyler, I didn't see him until he was already cleaned off).  My first thought when I saw him for the first time, was "he looks so big, how did he fit inside of me?"  He was the biggest of all my babies.  Another thing that was unique this time, was when we got back to the room.  I got to hold Jackson for all of 30 seconds before they took him to the NICU.  With Will, as soon as we got in the room, they let me do skin to skin with him, and I was able to nurse right away.

We were in the hospital for 4 days.  It was wonderful to soak in all that baby time, with very few interruptions.  I was joking with Dan how funny it is that I had to have major surgery in order to have a small vacation.  So while I had to put up with the pain, it was nice to have someone who would bring me fresh ice water all day.

Here are some pictures from Will's birth.





In addition to baby time, I loved watching my other boys meet their brother.





Just look at those smiles on my boys! And Jackson was so funny, just wanting to take him away like one of his stuffed animals.  The boys have actually been really good with Will at home as well.

I think it's safe to say we are all in love with baby Will.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Christmas 2013

We had a great Christmas.  I spent a lot of time resting since I was feeling so big and so pregnant, and having so many contractions (the Sunday before Christmas I had 8 in one hour, which freaked me out thinking we were going to end up with another Christmas baby).

We spent Christmas Eve at my sister's house.  We started off with yummy food. (Why am I always thinking about the food?)  She provided meats and cheeses for sandwhiches, and all the rest of us brought appetizers to go with it.  I want some more of those meatballs right now.  We also acted out the nativity, where Dan and I were chosen to be Mary and Joseph for obvious reasons, while my boys were the shepherds. 





We didn't stay too late, but headed home to open pajamas and read "Twas the night before Christmas."  But apparently I didn't take any pictures of those things.

The kids got to bed and we waited for Santa.  I worked hard to have things ready so we wouldn't be up all night wrapping, which was good because it took us long enough just to pull everything out of hiding.


The next morning, things were exciting and chaotic.







We got a new WiiU, and everyone got something to ride on plus one other toy (train, Beyblades, Snap Circuits), plus stockings and clothes.

Then we headed to brunch at my other sister's house and to spend some time with family.





I love Christmas.  I feel like there were things I just missed out on this year as far as our traditions, but I am glad we got to focus on the most important things: family and the birth of our Savior.







Jackson turns 2 and Tyler turns 10

Our December birthdays were very low key this year.  Tyler really wanted a birthday party, but I knew there was no way I could swing it.  I told him I would get him a big lego set in place of a party.  Luckily he agreed, and on the first day of Christmas Vacation, he got this:
and had it put together in no time.

For Jackson's birthday (December 23), we went over to Grandma and Grandpa's house.  My mom made us dinner, we decorated sugar cookies for Christmas, opened presents, and had cupcakes.


We gave him a Jake and the Neverland Pirates Duplo set.  Grandma got him some Bubble Guppies bath toys.  Of everything he got for his Birthday and Christmas, those Bubble Guppies toys are his favorite.  He carries them everywhere!









Tyler's birthday (December 26) was also low key.  He opened his presents first thing in the morning.
You'll notice he recently discovered Star Wars.  After watching all 6 movies in one weekend, he officially loves it.  Hence the Star Wars slant to his birthday. 




I made him his favorite dinner, stromboli, and then we had cousins over for cake and ice cream.





Both boys were happy at the end of it all.